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Thursday, July 31st

Who needs coffee?

Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994), Variations on a Theme by Paganini
Martha Argerich & Gabriela Montero, pianos, live

Saturday, July 19th

alone

Henry Cowell (1897-1965), The Tides of Manaunaun, c. 1917
Andy Costello (piano), live, Chicago, 2009


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lagniappe

art beat: more from Thursday night at the Art Institute of Chicago

Josef Koudelka (1938-), Ireland, 1972
Nationality Doubtful, through September 14th

koudelka-ireland-1972

Thursday, July 17th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Suite No. 3 in C major for Unaccompanied Cello; Jean-Guihen Queyras (1967-), live, c. 2007

 

Tuesday, July 15th

passings

Lorin Maazel (mah-ZELL), conductor, violinist, composer
March 6, 1930-July 13, 2014

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Symphony No. 41 in C major (“Jupiter”), Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia (Lorin Maazel, cond.), live, Spain (A Coruña), 2012

Charlie Haden, Tommy Ramone, Lorin Maazel: their differences are dwarfed by what, as music makers, they shared.

Thursday, July 10th

alone

Franz Schubert (1797-1828), Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major (2nd movt., Andantino), Paul Lewis (1972-), live, Boston, 2013


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lagniappe

reading table

During Wind and Rain
by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

They sing their dearest songs—
He, she, all of them—yea,
Treble and tenor and bass,
And one to play;
With the candles mooning each face. . . .
Ah, no; the years O!
How the sick leaves reel down in throngs!

They clear the creeping moss—
Elders and juniors—aye,
Making the pathways neat
And the garden gay;
And they build a shady seat. . . .
Ah, no; the years, the years;
See the white storm-birds wing across!

They are blithely breakfasting all—
Men and maidens—yea,
Under the summer tree,
With a glimpse of the bay,
While pet fowl come to the knee. . . .
Ah, no; the years O!
And the rotten rose is ript from the wall.

They change to a high new house,
He, she, all of them—aye,
Clocks and carpets and chairs
On the lawn all day,
And brightest things that are theirs. . . .
Ah, no; the years, the years;
Down their carved names the rain-drop ploughs.

Tuesday, June 24th

alone

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), organ, “Improvisations,” live, Paris

Wednesday, June 18th

never enough

Same composer, same pianist—23 years earlier.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major (“Hammerklavier”), Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live, Germany (Bonn), 1970

1st & 2nd movements

3rd movement (beginning)

3rd movement (end), 4th movement

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lagniappe

art beat

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Seville, Spain, 1933

Cartier-Bresson-e-i-bambini

Tuesday, June 17th

alone

Searching, searching—never finding.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major (Third Movt.), Friedrich Gulda (1930-2000), live, Japan, 1993

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lagniappe

reading table

Imaginary Number
by Vijay Seshadri (1954-)

The mountain that remains when the universe is destroyed
is not big and is not small.
Big and small are

comparative categories, and to what
could the mountain that remains when the universe is destroyed
be compared?

Consciousness observes and is appeased.
The soul scrambles across the screes.
The soul,

like the square root of minus 1,
is an impossibility that has its uses.

Tuesday, June 3rd

two takes

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), Prelude in C-sharp minor

Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano roll


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Sun Ra (1914-1993), recording, 1980


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lagniappe

found words

Potentially fatal
dangers lurk in
your backyard

—AOL

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taking a break

I’m taking some time off—back in a while.

Thursday, May 29th

No matter where you are, new sounds are just around the corner.

Marcos Balter (1974-), Strohbass (2011), Shanna Gutierrez (bass flute) and Ryan Muncy (baritone saxophone), live, Evanston, Ill., 2011

 

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